Pork and beef baby food can be introduced to babies from 8 to 9 months of age and usually when the baby has gotten used to eating white meats like chicken or turkey. Chicken and turkey make the best first meats for babies.
According to research, meats should be one of the first foods introduced to babies because of their high iron and zinc content. Because a baby's iron reserves are more or less depleted by 6 months of age, meats like pork and beef baby food will form a rich source of iron.
I introduced beef baby food to both my girls at 7 months of age as Sweden recommends the introduction of meats to be at 6 months of age. The American Academy of pediatrics states that babies who have been mostly breastfed
can benefit from meat as it contains more easily absorbed sources of iron and zinc which babies need by the age of 4 to 6 months of age.
Consult your child's pediatrician before introducing pork and beef baby food to your baby as recommendations may vary from country to country and also from doctor to doctor.
Pork And Beef Baby Food - Preparing Pork And Beef
When preparing pork or beef for babies, one thing is a must - do not make their meats rare. Babies should not eat rare/under cooked meats. This is to avoid them contracting food-borne bacteria and viruses. So cook your baby's beef or pork until completely cooked through without turning it into paper, don't dry it out. Also you may want to trim off the excess fats that you see on e.g pork chops. If your piece of meat has some bone on, don't remove the bone before cooking if you wish, the bone will help give your meat more flavor especially when making stews.
Pork And Beef Baby Food - Best Way To Cook Meats For Babies
Stewing meat or making a casserole are the best ways to prepare meats. Frying meats for baby food is not advisable as babies find it hard to digest fried foods. You can however 'seal' pieces of meat in a frying pan before stewing or making a casserole.
Pork And Beef Baby Food Recipes - Easy pork and Sweet potato puree
- 1 medium Sweet Potato
- 1 pork Chop
- Water for cooking
Wash and cut sweet potato into big pieces. Put all the ingredient in a medium pot and cook until sweet potato is soft and the meat is cooked through. Puree to desired consistency adding more water or breastmilk if desired.
Pork and beef baby food- Minced Pork with red pepper and rice
- 200g minced pork
- 200g crushed tomatoes
- 200g cooked rice
- 200ml Homemade chicken stock
- 1/2 Sweet red pepper (Organic)
- 1/2 or 1 small brown onion
- 1/2 tsp ground coriander or cilantro
- 1 Small pinch ground cumin
- 1 clove garlic (crushed)
- 1 Tbs Olive or vegetable oil
- Chop the onion and the red pepper very finely. In a heavy based frying pan saute the garlic, the finely chopped onion and the sweet red pepper together using the oil until soft and fragranced.
- Add the ground coriander/ cilantro and the ground pork to the pan. Stir thoroughly to release/ loosen the mince so its fine and not lumpy.
- Add the crushed tomatoes and the homemade chicken stock. Allow the sauce to cook for about 5 minutes or until cooked through.
- Add the rice to the mince sauce and mix well. Cool quickly before freezing.
You can puree the pork sauce before mixing it with the rice if you wish to have a finer consistency.
Pork and beef baby food - Hearty Beef Stew
- 2 Carrots
- 1/2 Medium sized Onion
- 1/2 Sweet red paprika
- 1 Garlic clove
- 140g Prunes
- 300g rump steak (beef)
- 2 Cups Homemade chicken stock
- 1 Dessert spoon flour
- 1 large pinch dried paprika
- A pinch dof dried coriander
- 260g potatoes
- Brown the meat slightly and set aside. Saute the onions, garlic and red pepper until the onions get soft.
- Add the meat and flour and stir to combine then add the carrots, prunes, spices and finally pour in the chicken stock. Bring to the boil and then reduce heat. Cook on medium to low heat for about an hour or until meat is soft and tender.
Pork and beef baby food - Happy Porky Casserole
Preheat oven to 210 C.
- 1 Parsnip
- 1 Carrot
- 1Tbs Flour
- 1 tsp Dried Rosemary
- 2 Pork Chops
- 1 Tbs Vegetable Oil
- 50g Diced brown onion
- 150g White potatoes cut into 1" cubes
- 200ml Homemade chicken stock
- Wash, peel and chop the carrot and parsnip. Heat the vegetable oil a pan and brown the pork chops on both sides.
- Set the pork chops aside in a casserole dish. Using the same pan, saute the onions for a minute and then add all the vegetables and the rosemary.
- Place the vegetables on top of the pork chops. Using the same pan again, whisk the flour into the chicken stock until small bubbles begin to appear.
- Pour the sauce over the vegetables and pork chops and bake in oven for about 15 minutes or until meat is cooked through and the vegetables are nice and soft.
Easy Bolognese Sauce
Makes 3 - 4 adult portions.
- 240g Zucchini
- 100g (1/2) Onion
- 1 Garlic clove
- 280g Crushed Tomatoes
- 1 Tbs Tomato Puree
- 1 tsp Fresh basil - finely cut
- 250ml Homemade chicken stock
- 320g Ground Beef
- Puree the crushed tomatoes, onion and garlic in a food processor. Saute the diced zucchini and celery for about a minute.
- Add the ground beef to the pan and break it up with the back of a cooking spoon to keep from clumping.
- Now add the tomato mixture, the fresh basil and chicken stock. Let cook for about 5 minutes until the cooked through.
- Puree to desire consitency. Allow to cool quickly before freezing. Serve with small pasta shapes or rice.
Pork chops In Apricot sauce
- Chop the red apple, onion and the fresh apricots finely. Cut the pork into very small pieces.
- Saute the onion in the olive oil on medium heat until soft. Add the apple, onion, parsley, apricots and the pork to the pan and stir for about 2 minutes before adding the chicken stock.
- Cook until everything is cooked through. Puree to desired consistency. Serve with pureed or mushed sweet potato.
Easy Carroty Meatballs
- 300g minced meat (ground beef)
- 1/2 tbs bread crumbs
- 60g carrots, peeled and then finely grated
- Vegetable oil for frying
Mix all the ingredients together and form into small balls and shallow fry in some cooking oil until cooked through. Serve
You can boil the meatballs in some chicken stock instead, for babies from 9 - 12 months for easier digestion. Cut them up into sizes that your baby can comfortably eat.
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